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June 17 2010

5:14 PM

Will a Californian win at Pebble?

A dozen California-born players are among the 156 players in the U.S. Open field this week. NBC golf analyst and past U.S. Open champ Johnny Miller, born in San Francisco, thinks one of his native Californians will claim the title on Sunday.

"I see this U.S. Open probably going to a Californian," Miller told one of the local newspapers. "There's a better than 50 percent chance that it's going to be a Californian."

Of course, Miller isn't going all that far out on a limb considering the top two players in the world, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, were born in California.

Still, the point is that Californians should know how to play California courses, particularly the state's most famous course, Pebble Beach. -- Mike McAllister

CALIFORNIA-BORN PLAYERS IN THE 110TH U.S. OPEN

Player California birthplace
Rich Barcelo Long Beach
Ricky Barnes Stockton
Matt Bettencourt Alameda
Joseph Bramlett (amateur) Stanford
Jason Gore Van Nuys
Paul Goydos Long Beach
Hunter Mahan Orange
John Mallinger Escondido
Phil Mickelson San Diego
Jason Preeo San Jose
Nick Watney Sacramento
Tiger Woods Cypress

 

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'

For more on the U.S. Open and California, click on the stories below:

California's golden place in U.S. Open history

California-born winners of the U.S. Open

U.S. Opens held in California

Top 10 public courses in California

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